The Imitation Game

heer brilliance and what’s not to love with exceptional acting centered on an interesting story. The Synopsis During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They…

The Crit

Cast - 95%
Story - 90%
Music Score - 84%
Effects/Quality - 89%
Originality - 93%

90%

Oscar

Excellent acting and story that will set the stage for the delivery of amazing performances by Cumberbatch and Knightley.

User Rating: 4.35 ( 1 votes)

Sheer brilliance and what’s not to love with exceptional acting centered on an interesting story.

The Synopsis
During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, THE IMITATION GAME follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.

The Review
Stranger than fiction is that both character and story are true to life but leaves you with a lot of thought over the state of the world and that bureaucracy, homophobia and sexism almost stopped this project from getting started and shortening the war.

Cumberbatch plays a character that seems like an older more annoying version of Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory. I honestly expected a stuffy English war movie and the whole Oscar buzz does taint your opinion of the story which may not be the most gripping recollection of World War 2.
It’s also not much of a biography as it focuses on a 3 specific times in Alan Turing’s life, but maybe less is more in this case as Cumberbatch portrays Turing as a man disconnected with the world around him thus the interactions on screen lack depth and rely upon the occasional flashbacks to give us insight the man.

Obviously very little criticism on the movie as a whole and a “must watch” if you have not seen it as yet. To give some idea of the personality of Alan Turing I will leave you with this quote from the movie: Was I God? No. Because God didn’t win the war. We did.

Additional Information

Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Drama
Age Rating: 10 -12 PG V
Release Date: 31 March 2015

Likes

  • Excellent acting and story that set the stage for delivery of amazing performances by Cumberbatch and Knightley.

Dislikes

  • Oscar buzz around the movie may taint your opinion of the story, dare I say that if it was not for the performance of Benedict Cumberbatch, I would not find one of the greatest British scientist Alan Turing that interesting.

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